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Saturday 25 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C


This year
# Charging up
Seven in ten Irish car buyers considering purchase of an electric vehicle
Two electric cars and a hybrid ranked in the top five most in-demand new cars of 2022.
Last year
# Fossil Fuels
Energy consumption and emissions make post-pandemic jump
As restrictions lifted in 2021, energy use and related emissions moved in the opposite direction of climate goals.
All time
# Targets
Ireland missed its overall renewable energy target for 2020
Ireland’s overall share of renewable energy in 2020 was 13.5% and the target was 16%.
Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy project reveals emissions profiles of some of Ireland’s largest companies and highlights where lack of public transparency still exist.
Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.
# Off the Mark
Ireland ranks second last in EU for meeting 2020 renewable energy targets
Only the Netherlands was behind Ireland in meeting the goals.
# Retrofitting
Minister announces SEAI grants to deliver energy upgrades to nearly 700 homes
The grants, which have been approved for a number of community projects, will also cover upgrades for commerical and community buildings.
# just transition
'The bog is the community. This could destroy us': How Ireland's move away from peat is hitting the Midlands
As Ireland makes to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, midlands communities fear they will be left behind.
# deep retrofit scheme
Minister told Dáil that home retrofit scheme had €6 million left. Seven weeks later, it closed down.
Contractors who worked in providing them have said the pulling of the scheme is a “massive slap in the face”.
# Energy
'A shambles': Homeowners angry after funding stops for pilot grant scheme to help retrofit homes
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland said there was no more funding available.
# property magazine
What is the Better Homes grant and how do you get one?
It’s all about the money, money, money.
# The Big Idea
This startup wants to save companies a tidy sum on their energy bills
Energy Elephant’s big idea is deceptively simple.
# hot house
How knowing your BER rating could save you money
To find out more about the ins and outs of BER ratings, spoke to Tom Halpin from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
# Vroom vroom
How well is Ireland set up for electric cars?
Prices, charging points and government grants: looks into electric vehicle ownership in Ireland today.